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Economist, Author, and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Richard D. Wolff, well-known for his work on Marxian economics, economic methodology and class analysis, Yale University Ph.D. in Economics, and Professor at The New School University in New York City, talks with Real News CEO Paul Jay about the current health care debate and the challenges or barriers standing in the way of a national U.S. single payer plan.

Wolff suggests keeping in mind some basic facts - the U.S. spends far more for far less health care "product" than any other advanced country in the world, and suggests a return to the the old American prideful mindset of "if we're not producing the best quality at the lowest price we should go and find out who's doing that and replicate their experience", and points out that the number one thing standing in the way of doing this is the lack of will to challenge the status quo and to do what everyone already knows needs to be done: spend less to get more.


In other words, Wolff opines, Obama must "mobilize or accept the status quo" and "make his party vote for real health care reform", instead of making the lame this is the best we can get excuses that may very well destroy his presidency along with screwing millions of Americans out of proper health care.

Wolff effectively asks: "Whatever happened to American Exceptionalism?"

Originally posted to Edger on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 02:09 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Antemedius: Liberally Critical Thinking

    by Edger on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 02:09:21 PM PDT

  •  So, this means we should be against the bill... (1+ / 0-)
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    Edger

    as it is currently shaping up?  

    It is becoming a Private Insurer's benefit bill with some reform of health care delivery as window dressing.

    See my blogfor details

    And read why AARP is pushing so hard for it.

    •  ARRP supporter the drug bill. (1+ / 0-)
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      Edger

      If the health care bill turns out to be worse tan what we or worthless, I think it should fail.   If it passes and does nothing, or worse yet, screws over millions of Americans, it will kill universal health care, Obama, and the Democrats all in one fell swoop.  

      "YES WE CAN" doesn't mean he is going to. ~~Daily Show

      by dkmich on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 02:21:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Krugman, who I generally respect.. (1+ / 0-)
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        Edger

        in today's column is for Obama's incrementalism.  I'm at a point where I don't know, but I suspect a disaster.

        I set up my own blogon the subject.  The second article lays it all out.

        We would be better off to stop the Omnibus bill, which will be a giveaway to powerful interests under cover of the massive bill.   And deal with it one issue at a time.

      •  God, let me try that again. I've outdone myself (1+ / 0-)
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        Edger

        AARP supported the drug bill.  If the health care bill turns out to be than what we already have or is just worthless, I think it would be better if it failed.  The second sentence is fine.  Imagine that.  

        "YES WE CAN" doesn't mean he is going to. ~~Daily Show

        by dkmich on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 02:41:33 PM PDT

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  •  That train left the station a while ago. (1+ / 0-)
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    Edger

  •  we need to start asking (2+ / 0-)
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    conchita, Edger

    Since Medicare works so well,
    and the VA Health Care works so well,
    with a minimum of Administrative overhead,
    and a maximum of Actual Health Care --

    we need to start asking:

    WHY DO WE EVEN NEED PRIVATE INSURERS, at all? ...

    What DO THEY bring to the Table? ...

    How DO THEY improve Americans' Quality of Life?

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

    by jamess on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 02:31:09 PM PDT

    •  What DO THEY bring to the Table? (2+ / 0-)
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      Nightprowlkitty, jamess

      Money, for re-election.

      But... IF millions of people made it as clear as a swat in the head to all reps and senators who will be up for re-election in 2010 that they either find a way to create and pass a single payer system before the midterms, or they are guaranteed to lose their seats, then it would get done. They are politicians, and they need votes more than they need insurance company dollars. The votes are the leverage, but that leverage has to be used before the midterms.

      But it's a pretty big IF. The Iraq occupation could have been ended that way too. IF enough people would have stood their ground.

      I guess that status quo is pretty attractive, even to people with no health care?

      Antemedius: Liberally Critical Thinking

      by Edger on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 02:51:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  If the current effort fails (2+ / 0-)
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    Nightprowlkitty, Edger

    it will be time to push for SP.

    •  And if the currrent effort doesn't fail (2+ / 0-)
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      Nightprowlkitty, buhdydharma

      millions of people will be left with no health insurance that's worth much to them...

      Antemedius: Liberally Critical Thinking

      by Edger on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 03:45:19 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I really don't get why (2+ / 0-)
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      Nightprowlkitty, buhdydharma

      there are not millions of people out on the streets surrounding the Capital now, or why Obama isn't inviting millions of people to get out on the streets surrounding the Capital...

      Antemedius: Liberally Critical Thinking

      by Edger on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 03:50:20 PM PDT

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      •  I heard OFA is organizing a rally (2+ / 0-)
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        Nightprowlkitty, Edger

        But the main reason is confusion.

        Without a solid plan to back instead of the nebulous PO, what would they be supporting.

        Add in the fact that folks have been programmed NOT to get in the streets and you have some kind of answer.

        Both are basically from lack of leadership though. Leadership (active leadership) and messaging are the two Dem weaknesses.

        Of course having all of your active leaders shot or smeared makes it tough to have volunteers to get out front of the crowd in the streets.

        •  Well, I think, (2+ / 0-)
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          Nightprowlkitty, buhdydharma

          and I know you think, that "leadership" has to come from people, not from politicians.

          I said in a comment above that if millions of people made it as clear as a swat in the head to all reps and senators who will be up for re-election in 2010 that they either find a way to create and pass a single payer system before the midterms, or they are guaranteed to lose their seats, then it would get done....... and that comment has 1 rec on it.

          You can be pretty  sure, I think, that any reps and senators that might be reading this diary and these comments would by now have concluded that they face absolutely zero threat of losing their jobs in 2010 and that their constituents will just quietly accept being screwed over... so they have no reason to even attempt to create and pass a single payer system.

          Why would they need to go to any effort towards that if no one is demanding it?

          Antemedius: Liberally Critical Thinking

          by Edger on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 04:06:41 PM PDT

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  •  To me there's no debate on quality health care,, (1+ / 0-)
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    Edger

    My father had good insurance and from all the fancy ads, billboards, television commercials and infomercials I thought he was in the best (hospital) health care system in East Tennessee.  Boy was I duped.  His care was called "horrifying" by the state of Tennessee, but said it was perfectly within the parameters of what they deem, defend and support as "the acceptable standards of care" in E. TN.  He had a nurse playing doctor who was practicing medicine as a physician without a physician's license.  The man was showing all the signs and symptoms of internal bleeding and was going into shock yet the nurses prognosis was Sundowners Syndrome.  They finally had a nursing instructor who teaches at The University of Tennessee who said the reason my father was going into (shock, was sweating profusely, confused, no urine output, blood pressure dropping 55/35, heart rate increasing 255,blood sugar was topping out around 600), it could have been caused by the room temperature being set too high.  It's on record in Greeneville, TN Federal Court.  Case no 2:04-cv-375.
    See what is called quality health care in TN and VA.   http://www.wisecountyissues.com/...  He rotted to death for ten long months, his legs were amputated.  He was begging for a gun, looking back I should have granted him that wish.

    There will only be change when those unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

    by quidam56 on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 03:53:34 PM PDT

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